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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Mother Teresa Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When Malcolm Muggeridge met Mother Teresa

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa on Sunday. She was a celestial figure to many, for sweating away in Calcutta with "the poorest of the poor." By that oft-used term was meant the poor for whom a government "poverty line" would be a luxury. Mother Teresa took in street urchins, the hopelessly sick and the dying -- lost souls who were at death's door. Published September 6, 2016

Illustration on Hillary, racism and the quadrennial spotlighting of the KKK for political advantage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary plays the race card on cue

I have a rule or two about the topic of race. Possibly, I could extend it to three or four rules. The first rule is that in a dialogue about politics, current events, horticulture, haute cuisine, you name it, the first person to introduce the question of race is probably a racist. Published August 30, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is attempting to woo black voters, but GOP campaign veterans say his efforts are too little, too late. (Associated Press)

The media make history

This week I am going to do something unusual. I am going to enter into a conversation with another columnist. Doing so was not so unusual a few decades back. Bill Buckley and James Jackson Kilpatrick did it when provoked and it was always interesting. Yet today a columnist is a godlike figure. Published August 23, 2016

Illustration on the first death attributable to Hillary Clinton's unsecured server by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The first casualty of Hillary Clinton's server

Exactly how damaging the classified information is that was discovered on Hillary Clinton's server became clear this weekend when the Iranian government executed an alleged spy. He had been mentioned in at least one email from an aide to Hillary, which called him "our friend." Published August 9, 2016

Illustration on the corruption of the Summer Olympics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beware the Olympics

Let us change the subject. August is upon us, and it is time to change the subject from the hype of presidential politics to the hype of international sports. No, not the hype of international soccer -- the scam of that racket is well known. Let us turn to the hype of international Olympic competition. Published August 2, 2016

Illustration on the negating of Trump votes by Republicans by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Inadvertent Conservatives for Hillary

I have coined another neologism to go along with those I have coined over the years. For instance, Kultursmog for a political culture utterly polluted by the left's politics, Black Cat News Story for a news story that the mainstream media hope will sink a conservative candidate, Boy Clinton for you know who, Bruno for his wife whom a former director of the FBI likened to a member of organized crime. Published July 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton, certifiable. Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's lying is the behavior of a sociopath

When Great Britain's Boris Johnson was forced out of the running to replace David Cameron as prime minister by an act of the utmost treachery, the civilized minority on both sides of the Atlantic knew that we had only one candidate left to deliver us amusement and a dramatic shift to good government, Donald Trump. Published July 19, 2016

Illustration on Obama's devisive rhetoric by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Presidential blather in time of tragedy

Race is what you make of it. For me I have made race a part of what social scientists once called the "melting pot," by which they meant that differences of ethnicity and even of race were all melted down into one great variegated country called America. Published July 12, 2016

Mr. Potato Head Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fact checker fandango

I see that CNN is calling upon the good offices of Mr. Potato Head to refute Donald Trump's evisceration of Hillary Clinton in his speech last Wednesday. Mr. Potato Head is very indignant that Peter Schweizer has written a book, "Clinton Cash," demonstrating that a pattern of corruption exists in the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton State Department. Published June 27, 2016

Illustration on Clinton money by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Donald Trump has learned

It has now been a year since Donald Trump formally became a politician and declared his candidacy for the nation's highest office. Actually, it has been a little over a year, because he was considering it for months before he declared from Trump Tower on June 16, 2015. What has he learned? Published June 21, 2016

50 origami birds made by Samantha Brouwer and Gabrielle Grace sit around a rainbow flag during a vigil honoring the Orlando shooting victims hosted by the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Monday, June 13, 2016. A gunman has killed dozens of people in a massacre at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Preventing another Orlando

The Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, and now Orlando -- it goes on and on, as Donald Trump might say. And it is going to continue to get worse, as Mr. Trump already has said. He is the most prescient campaigner in this race for the presidency. Published June 14, 2016

Illustration on the state of intellectual life on the nation's college campuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The life of the lost mind

Looking back through the years, I have seen it all coming: the militant ignorance strutting across our college campuses today, the authoritarian style of the administrators, the mediocrity of the professors, the sheer goofiness of the students. Published June 7, 2016

American Tradition Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The state of our tradition

Madrid -- One thing that conservatives overlook in their worldview is tradition. We favor limited government, free enterprise, the social issues, a strong defense, but as to the basic theme of tradition we slide over it. Russell Kirk, an important conservative thinker from the recent past, favored tradition and he wrote about it, but I cannot think of another prominent thinker in recent years who stressed it. Published May 24, 2016

Theatrical poster for "Clinton Cash"

A movie for Clintonites

A couple of weeks ago I heard the National Symphony perform Shostakovich's symphony commemorating war and revolution, his Symphony 11. There was not much lyricism to it, not even a dulcet tune one could leave the symphony hall whistling. It was all ominous rumbling and groaning, with the tympani madly thundering away. Published May 17, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's crumbling legal situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A conservative crack-up, or Hillary's?

Last week the exigent news story was all about the conservative crack-up, which pleased me. I wrote a book titled "The Conservative Crack-Up" many moons ago, though I had a lot more facts in my book than you will find in all the news reports that appeared last week. Moreover, my crack-up had a happier ending for conservatives than the crack-up predicted last week for contemporary conservatives. Published May 10, 2016

The Greek Barber Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Haircuts and Hillary

If I were to confess my prejudice for Greek barbers, what would be said of me? Well, it depends on where I said it. If were in Athens when I said that I prefer Greek barbers, my preference would be perfectly understandable. I might even become an instant celebrity. Published May 3, 2016

When Britain can't be Britain

President Obama on Friday at a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron convinced me whether or not the British should stay in the European Union. The vote is on June 23. On Friday our president also penned a column in the Daily Telegraph, Britain's equivalent of The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal. Published April 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders      The Washington Times

Crazy Bernie's missed opportunity

It comes down to this. Crazy Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton because no other Democrat would stick his/her/its neck out. Hillary was billed as "Hillary the Inevitable" and the rest of the gullible Democrats believed it. Published April 19, 2016

Illustration on the Clinton campaign reaction to Black lives Matter by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Denouncing their own legacy

Over the last few days former President Bill Clinton displayed one of the salient weaknesses of our famously weak contemporary politicians. He did this even while reminding Americans of one of his rare lapses into true leadership, his 1994 bipartisan legislation to lower crimes rates, particularly in the inner city. Published April 12, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan's road ahead

The speaker of the House, the Hon. Paul Ryan, recently expressed his hope for a "confident America." He went on to say, "We don't shut people down. If someone has a bad idea, we tell them why our idea is better. We don't insult them into agreeing with us." He spoke of the superiority of persuasion to execration. Published March 29, 2016